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Heebie Jeebies

    (Atkins/Rich/Jones/Boswell)
Photo of Louis Armstrong
Transcribed from vocals by Louis Armstrong, recorded 2/26/26,
From Louis Armstrong, Hot Fives & Hot Sevens, the 25 Greatest; Living Era AJA 5171.

Say, I've got the heebies,
I mean the jeebies,
Talking about
The dance, the heebie jeebies,
Do, because they're boys,
Because it pleases me to be joy!

Say, don't you know it?
You don't know how, don't be blue,
Someone will teach you;
Come on, and do that dance,
They call the heebie jeebies dance,
Yes, ma'am,
Papa's got the heebie jeebies dance!

Skatting...

Say, come on, now, and do that dance,
They call the heebie jeebies dance,
Sweet mama!
Papa's got to do the heebie jeebies dance!

Spoken:

Wooh! Got the heebie jeebies!
Whatcha doin' with the heebies?
I just have to have the heebies!
 


Heebie Jeebies

Photo of Ethel Waters
Transcribed from vocals by Ethel Waters and an unknown vocalist, recorded July 29, 1926.
From Ethel Waters 1925-1926, The Chronogical Classics, vol. 672.

Folks, today I got the blues,
Tried tonight, I just can't lose,
And the feelin' that I want to dance,
I'm warnin' you in advance!
But keep you from bein' in doubt,
I'm gonna tell you what it's all about:

Say, I got the heebies,
I mean the jeebies;
I'm talkin' about
Those heebie jeebie blues,
That they call it, boys,
Mix it in with a little bit of joy!
Say, don't you know it,
You should be shown these naughty blues,
I wanna teach you, so come on,
To do that dance,
They call the heebie jeebies!
Yes, ma'am!
Yes, mama's got to do the heebie jeebies dance!

[Spoken]
Oh, play it, Mister Lorence!
Hmmm, ain't it grand, ain't it grand!
Aaah, lord!

Oh, I got!
I'm talkin'!
About those heebies!
Lord, mix it in with a little bit of joy!
Say, don't!
Should be shown!
Just come on down, do that dance,
Called the heebie jeebies,
Yes, ma'am!
Mama's got to do the heebie jeebies dance!
Aaaw, I got to do that dance!


Published 7/24/99
Updated 3/6/00.

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Ethel Waters starred in both the stage and film version of Cabin in the Sky. The movie also starred Lena Horne and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington had minor roles. Waters commented in her remarkable autobiography, His Eye is on the Sparrow, that she didn't enjoy making the movie -- too much behind-the-scenes back-biting.


 


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